The investigation process of an incident is often crucial. It not only determines the cause and attributes fault to the accident but it also helps the loved ones understand and cope with the loss of a loved one following a fatal accident. Serious penalties and liabilities often follow a fatal collision, especially if the driver was negligent and the accident could have been avoided if it was not for this negligence.
Authorities in Tempe recently arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run accident. According to preliminary reports, the suspect rear-ended an automobile, which ignited a chain-reaction accident. A front seat passenger of the vehicle that was struck by the suspect was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The 60-year-old man later died at the hospital.
Following the arrest of the 23-year-old suspect in this fatal hit-and-run accident, the man was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, aggravated assault and two counts of endangerment. In addition to criminal penalties, the driver could also face civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased passenger could file a wrongful death suit against the negligent driver. The compensation that results from the claim would go towards covering the costs of expenses associated with the accident such as medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
A fatal hit-and-run accident can be life altering for the loved ones of the deceased. Understanding the cause of the incident is important because it can provide some closure. Furthermore, obtaining compensation can help with the healing process because it alleviates the financial burdens that the accident created for the loved ones.
Source: The Republic, “Tempe police arrest man suspected in fatal hit-and-run accident last week,” Aug. 26, 2013